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World Diabetes day being observed today

KARACHI: November 14 marks World Diabetes Day which is observed all over the world, including Pakistan, to increase awareness of the effects of diabetes and its complications among the general population and preventative measures. Every year three million people die from diabetes-related causes, and the burden is particularly harsh in low and middle income countries like Pakistan, where diabetes is...

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Fiction 2018: Pakistani Kamila Shamsie wins Women Prize for ‘Home Fire’

According to the report published in The Guardian, Kamila Shamsie has won the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 for her seventh novel Home Fire. Home Fire is a contemporary re-imagining of the Greek tragedy Antigonethat follows three orphaned siblings, elder sister Isma and twins Aneeka and Parvaiz, as the latter leaves them to work for Isis. When the son of the British-Muslim home...

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Pakistan observes Youm-e-Ali amid tight security

The martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA) is being observed with due solemnity today (Wednesday). After majalis, processions across the country will pass through traditional routes and culminate at their destinations. Strict security arrangements have been placed at all sensitive areas of the country, especially the routes of processions, to avert any untoward incident. The police and other law-enforcement agencies...

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Russian cosmonauts plays with Pakistan-made football in space

Pakistani fans, who were overjoyed at the news of footballs made in Sialkot being used in 2018 FIFA World Cup, now have another feat to celebrate! A recent video, released by Russian state space agency Roscosmos and doing rounds on social media, shows two Russian cosmonauts — Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemyev — engaged in a makeshift game of football in …  ...

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Little known juicy facts about watermelons

Watermelon—sweet, juicy, veggie-fruit, widely believed to be first harvested some 5,000 years ago in Egypt—has become a summer staple in Pakistan. Though it is still an affordable family feast yet it could not attain that much admiration and significance it earns in some other countries such as the United States and Japan. It is Oklahoma’s official state vegetable, whereas, Americans...

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Drummers beat is fading for Pakistan’s Ramazan

Lal Hussain saunters through Rawalpindi’s empty streets at 1:00 am shattering the silence with syncopated drum beats, awakening startled Pakistanis so they can sleepily eat one last meal before the day’s Ramazan fasting begins. "Wake up and eat your morning meal!" he howls along with the Bhangra-inspired beats emanating from his dhol drum. Hussain has been faithfully hitting the streets...

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Death anniversary of actor Rafi Khawar (Nannah)

Famous film,TV actor and comedian Rafi Khawar known as `Nannah’ was remembered on his death anniversary today, Staurday. Rafi Khawar started his career in 1966 featuring in the Urdu film `Watan ka Sipahi.’ He worked in many films and TV dramas notably Naukar in 1975-76,`Tehka Pehlwan’ in 1979 and `Dubai Chalo’ the same year. Nanna was regarded as an outstanding...

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Polluted Environment Causes 12.6 Million Deaths A Year: UN

UNITED NATIONS (APP):Two United Nations agencies are combining their expertise to counter the growing threat of extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, which cause more than 12.6 million deaths a year, the UN announced today. The legal agreement, signed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Health Organization(WHO) in Geneva, commits the agencies to protect communities using...

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Japan whale hunt killed 122 pregnant minkes

Japan killed 122 pregnant minke whales during a highly controversial annual whaling expedition that Tokyo defends as scientific research but conservationists call "gruesome and unnecessary". The four-month expedition in the Antarctic ended in March after the fleet killed 333 minke whales, according to a report submitted by Japanese authorities to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) last month. Of those, 122...

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Paraguay all set to have its first woman president

ASUNCION: Paraguay will have a woman president for the first time in its history, at least temporarily, after outgoing leader Horacio Cartes stepped down Monday ahead of schedule. Vice President Alicia Pucheta, 68, will complete Cartes´s mandate after he resigned to become a senator. On August 15, fellow conservative Mario Abdo Benitez, elected in April 22 polls, will begin his...

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Nation celebrates 20th Youm-e-Takbeer today

ISLAMABAD: Youm-e-Takbeer is being observed today, to mark the 20th anniversary of Pakistan's historic nuclear tests. On this day Pakistan became the first nuclear power in the Muslim world and seventh world power by demonstrating its nuclear capabilities regardless of international pressure in response to Indian aggression in the region. Pakistan detonated seven nuclear devices at the hills of Chaghi...

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Landmark Achievement: 10 million views on Barkat E Ramzan OST, Massive praise from world over

Earlier, the official lyrics and audio version of the OST was released to massive praise and approval and the much awaited video too was received in the same token. Like previous years, this year too, the listeners and viewers are left flabbergasted and on the edge of their seats for what is to come in this year’s mammoth Ramzan transmission...

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Starbucks to educate staff against racial bias, set example

NEW YORK: Can you teach employees not to be racist? Coffee giant Starbucks will shut stores around the United States on Tuesday to conduct an unprecedented training exercise at its more than 8,000 American outlets. The initiative, which is expected to last four hours and reach 175,000 employees, was announced by Starbucks management on April 17, as it sought to...

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PTI leader Naeemul Haq says Imran Khan praised him for slapping Daniyal Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Naeemul Haque said party chief Imran Khan appreciated him for slapping Minister of Privatisation Daniyal Aziz earlier on Tuesday. Naeem in a short video claimed that Khan had appreciated him for physically assaulting Minister for Privatization, Daniyal Aziz during a Private news channel TV show. 'Imran Khan appreciated me for slapping Daniyal Aziz,' says Naeem-ul...

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In pictures: Beautiful mosque named after Junaid Jamshed open to public in Karachi

Web Desk: Beautiful mosque named after late Junaid Jamshed was inaugurated in Karachi on Wednesday. The Junaid Jamshed mosque is located at singer chowrangi at J dot unit 2. It combines modern architecture with the Islamic culture making it an extremely beautiful sight to see. The mosque serves as a remembrance to Junaid Jamshed who used to regularly visit mosques...

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China launches relay satellite for far side moon landing

China launched a relay satellite on Monday as part of a groundbreaking program to be the first to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year. The satellite, lofted into space aboard a Long March-4C rocket, will facilitate communication between controllers on Earth and the Chang'e 4 mission, the China National Space Administration said on...

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Russia unveils world’s first floating nuclear power station

Russia unveiled the world's first floating nuclear power station at a ceremony in the port of the far northern city of Murmansk where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel before heading to eastern Siberia. Built in Saint Petersburg, the Akademik Lomonosov arrived in Murmansk on Thursday where it was moored in the port and presented to the media on...

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